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An awards ceremony celebrating the innovation and dedication of NHS Fife staff, public partners and volunteers has been hailed a “great success”.

More than 100 people filled the Bay Hotel, Kinghorn, last night (Friday 5th May) to celebrate their partners, friends and colleagues at the NHS Fife Achievement Awards. Held in partnership with Unison and the Royal College of Nursing, the evening celebrates staff who go the extra mile in their work.

NHS Fife Chair, Tricia Marwick, said it was a very special occasion “The night has been a great success and it is a real privilege to to honour the hard work and commitment of staff, who work tirelessly to provide first class services. The Achievement Awards is an important night in the NHS Fife calendar and it is a great way of recognising the talent, innovation and dedication we have within our ranks.  Because nominations are made by their colleagues, you can see how much it means to everyone to be here and, whilst not everyone wins an award, simply being nominated is a huge accolade that should be a great source of pride.”

Chief Executive, Paul Hawkins, said: “The awards are such an inspirational night and a great source of pride to everyone across the organisation. Our staff show amazing commitment every single day and it was wonderful to see the responses of both nominees and winners on the night, every one of whom make an immeasurable difference to people’s lives in ways that they may not even be aware of.”

Employee Director, Wilma Brown, said the awards have grown in size in recent years: “The Achievement Awards started off low key with a small tea, but they have grown to the point where staff can now bring their families and partners along to share in their moment. When you speak to past winners they are so surprised at their nomination and, if they have won, they are absolutely delighted and take that sense of pride with them back into to the workplace.”

NHS Fife Choir’s  ‘Healthy Harmonies’ performed for guests before awards for categories including Innovation, Inspiration and Outstanding Contribution were handed out. One of the worthy winners on the evening was Dr Kerri Baker, Consultant in Acute Medicine, who picked up the Clinical Award. On receiving the award, Kerri said: “I’m delighted and entirely shocked. I work quite closely with my fellow nominees and they are absolutely amazing so I’m very thankful.”

For all the photos and videos from the night visit the Achievement Awards subject page.